Old Town Tustin
Tustin was founded in 1868 and is proud of its small-town heritage. Those interested in history and the fascinating architecture of the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy a stroll down Main Street and its tree-lined side streets. With large Victorian mansions and quaint California Bungalows, Old Town Tustin offers a unique glimpse into Orange County's past. The Tustin Area Historical Society and Museum at Main Street and El Camino Real makes a great place to begin the journey into Tustin's past.
Don't miss Old Town Tustin's Annual Promenade Home and Garden Tour that takes place in the spring or the local Organic Farmer's Market that takes place every Wednesday in the heart of Old Town. Once a year the Tustin Tiller Days Parade promenades through Old Town Tustin and every summer the Annual Chili Cook Off draws thousands to the heart of Old Town. And if you're looking for some good cooking we have a variety of amazing "mom and pop" style eateries: Quinn's Old Town Grill, The Beach Pit BBQ, Nana Jean's, Honda Ya and Rutabegorz are just a few.
Old Town Tustin is privileged to have a rich and diverse architectural history. Homes range from early Board and Batten construction to later California Bungalows and everything in between. Old Town Tustin has some of the finest examples of Craftsman homes to be found anywhere as well as an impressive selection of Victorian period architecture including Queen Anne, Italianate, Stick and Eastlake. The ubiquitous Spanish Revival abounds on nearly every street, along-side Monterey Revival, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival. The churches range from a Victorian Gothic from the late 1800's to a Spanish Colonial from the late 1920's. The commercial area contains very early examples of Western False Front and Victorian Italianate alongside Neoclassical and Greek Revival. Later additions include our school district headquarters in a 1950's Moderne style and the post-WWII cottages built for the returning veterans. Old Town Tustin is proud to boast a wide selection of architectural styles that serve as illustrations of our city's history.
The types of property available in Old Town Tustin are very diverse. Homes range from as small as 850sf to over 5000sf and lot sizes vary from 6500sf to nearly an acre with most homes situated on 1/4 to 1/2 acre parcels. As with many downtown areas of the era, properties are primarily narrow and deep which allowed homes to be built closer to the commercial core without sacrificing lot size. While this facilitated the early homeowners' ability to walk to the bank, general store, and post office at a time before automobiles became common, the setup now works extremely well for people looking to get away from our vehicle dependent lifestyles. The weekly Organic Farmer's Market, summer concerts in the park, monthly Vintage Flea Market, and numerous excellent family-owned restaurants are all within easy walking distance for those who choose to walk.
Tustin is centrally located in Orange County, California, and is surrounded by diverse and abundant job opportunities. With such a fantastic economic location, an award-winning school district, year-round weather that never seems to be too hot or too cold, and quick access to snow-covered mountains and palm-lined beaches, Tustin attracts home buyers looking for big city convenience with a small town atmosphere.
Despite these excellent qualities, property values in Tustin remain 10% to 20% lower than in some of the "better known" surrounding communities and Old Town Tustin is no exception. Considering the superb architecture and excellent quality of life, Old Town Tustin is considered by many to be the best value for historic real estate among Southern California historic districts. With so much property diversity, buyers of all types can find the exact size property that they are looking for at a price that fits their budget and find excellent value within the highly desirable Orange County real estate market.